Strait Heads Home On 'Honkytonkville'
George Strait will on June 10 deliver "Honkytonkville," his 31st release for MCA Records. Bumped up from an originally planned June 24 release, the album marks the first time the country artist has reGeorge Strait will on June 10 deliver "Honkytonkville," his 31st release for MCA Records. Bumped up from an originally planned June 24 release, the album marks the first time the country artist has recorded vocals at home in Texas, rather than in a Nashville recording studio.
"Having that technology has made a lot of difference for me personally," Strait says in a statement. "I love Nashville but I'm always in a hurry to get back home."
Strait credits fellow artist Alan Jackson for turning him onto the idea of recording at home. "I wouldn't really call [what I have] a studio," he explains. "It's a very minimal amount of equipment along with a microphone, a laptop, and some headphones set up in a small room at home. When I feel inspired to do a vocal, I can go do one at my leisure instead of being under the time restraint of a studio situation."
Co-produced by Strait and Tony Brown, "Honkytonkville" is led by the single "Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa." The Red Lane-penned song is No. 16 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
The album also features songs written by Bruce Robison and Monte Warden ("Desperately"), Anthony Smith and Bob DiPiero ("Cowboys Like Us"), and Jim Lauderdale and John Scott Sherrill ("She Used To Say That to Me"). In combination with various writers, Dean Dillon contributes three songs to the collection: the title track (written with Buddy Brock and Kim Williams), "Four Down and Twelve Across" (written with Tom Douglas), and "Honk if You Honky Tonk" (written with Ken Mellons and John Northrup).
In March, Strait released the live album "For the Last Time: Live From the Astrodome," which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and has sold 332,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. His last studio album, 2001's "The Road Less Traveled," bowed at No. 1 on the chart and has sold 1 million copies.
Although Strait has no tour dates scheduled, he'll be promoting the release of "Honkytonkville" with a Westwood One Radio Networks special. The show will be broadcast this weekend on more than 300 U.S. radio outlets.